Well blow me we are so almost at the end of the year but there’s no rest for the wicked and with that in mind Studio Audience is here again with top art and design chat for your aural pleasure. This week we’ve got architecture, open sourcing and interactive CVs and it all kind of gets a bit smutty. So kick back, tune in and enjoy 22 minutes of prime time nonsense. Let’s do this!
Section One – Content from the site
Great minds sometimes do indeed think alike and that’s seemingly what happened when two testicular cancer charities sat down to think about how they could harness the festive season to help raise awareness. We were tickled last week to receive a set of Bauballs designed by Fallon for the Orchid organisation, impressed both by the simple yet effective idea and the shapely verisimilitude of this unusual decoration. Lo and behold though we came in this week to discover that the Everyman charity had worked with Albion on a similar project, although their manifestations of scrotal tree adornments (never a phrase I thought I’d use) are character-based, with Santa, satsuma and snowman among their variations. Fun, communicative work for a great cause – it doesn’t get much better than that…
If you’re starting your own self-published edition what on earth do you pick for its content? With such an abundance of information out there online and in print it’s tough to find your own niche. There’s one subject however, that mankind will always have an appetite for; pornography, and The Cumquat is seeking to exploit that niche as best it can with an open call for the filthiest erotic literature around. “It’s more than porn. It’s smut; the essence of filth. And the sticky juice has spilled over everything.”
But we’re not here to talk pornography; the real appeal of The Cumquat for us, other than its absurd name, is the remarkably tasteful design with which it’s been branded. Created by Studio Hi Ho, a Melbourne-based duo comprised of Wesley Waddell and Patrick Scanlan, it provides a discreet and attractive exterior with which to house the erotic material within. Will Hustler ever adopt such discreet branding? We doubt it, but the appeal of The Cumquat is the high-brow appearance masking something altogether more visceral than simple soft-focus snaps.
Daan Louter’s interactive CV
Perma-tanned football manager Ron Atkinson used to have a saying for when one of his over-paid, over-preened superstars went whining to the press about how he should definitely be playing every week no matter what – don’t tell me, show me. I was reminded of Big Ron’s advice late last week when Daan Louter’s interactive CV did the rounds on social media. The Rotterdam-based designer wants to do an internship at The Guardian but rather than write a letter explaining why his skill set was so suited for such a role, he demonstrated it instead. There’s some fun tricks on show and extra marks for his proactive approach to standing out in a crowded marketplace. Your move Guardian…
In the second section we kicked off talking about open sourcing based on the predictions of our In Progress speakers and looked at what the legal ramifications of the rise of this movement might mean.
- Curator Shonagh Marshall takes us through the highlights from Hair by Sam McKnight
- Yeji Yun’s imaginative zine combines frozen lands, whales and cocktails
- Zhang Kechun encapsulates the oblivion of China's mysterious Yellow River
- Artist Anna Valdez brings her eye for detail to digital painting
- Bold in its broadness, the work of Dave Singley
- Córdova Canillas seek inspiration between nostalgia and obsolescence for C de C annual
- Reasons Not To Do Graphic Design by Yotam Hadar
- Nostalgia in branding: top design studios analyse the NatWest and Co-op retrobrands
- Google and Monotype launch Noto, an open-source typeface family for all the world’s languages
- The only way is ethics: what are the moral obligations of a graphic designer?
- Rachel Levit illustrates contemporary relationships in new book
- Creative agency INT Works relaunches as Anyways, with a playful graphic identity